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2016 Press Releases

NOVA Alexandria Jazz Faculty to honor John Coltrane in annual recital

In celebration of what would have been John Coltrane’s 90th birthday, the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Jazz Faculty will pay tribute to the jazz pioneer and fellow saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley at the annual Jazz Faculty Recital at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the Tyler Building Music Recital Hall, Room 130, 4915 East Campus Dr., Alexandria, Virginia.

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NOVA provides opportunities for displaced ITT Tech students

Northern Virginia Community College has been working hard to create a pathway for ITT Technical College students who were displaced when their college suddenly closed earlier this month. NOVA offers staggered course start dates, which may help ITT Tech students get back on track quickly. The next eight-week session begins Oct. 19, 2016 and the spring semester begins Jan. 9, 2017.

NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate honored as a 2016 Example of Excelencia

The Pathway to the Baccalaureate program of Northern Virginia Community College was a recipient of the 2016 Examples of Excelencia Award at the Associate Level. NOVA President Scott Ralls accepted the award given by Excelencia in Education at a ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Grand Ballroom of the Washington Court Hotel in Northwest D.C.

Pathways Award

Artist Matthew Grimes opens exhibit at Schlesinger Center

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes regional artist Matthew Grimes who will exhibit his show IN(MATERIAL) in the Passage Gallery Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 13 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Matthew Grimes

NOVA Fine Arts partners with Workhouse Arts Center

The Fine Arts Department at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will partner with the Workhouse Arts Center of Lorton, Va., to present the Workhouse Ceramics and Special Guests art show Oct. 3-28 in the Tyler Building, Room 270, 4925 East Campus Dr., Alexandria, Va.

American University professor to speak for Annandale’s Constitution Day

The Annandale Campus Lyceum committee will present the Constitution Day speech at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Mark R. Warner Student Services Building (CA), Room 302. The speaker for the event will be Dr. Allan J. Lichtman, distinguished history professor at American University.

New faculty at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College welcomed several new faculty members at the start of the fall 2016 semester.

Fine Arts Department partners with ALIVE! for Empty Bowls Alexandria

Northern Virginia Community College’s Fine Arts Department at the Alexandria Campus has partnered with the local organization ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) and will donate handcrafted, one-of-a-kind bowls for the Second Annual Empty Bowls Alexandria. This will be the Fine Arts Department’s second year partnering with ALIVE! and participating in this charity event.

Empty Bowls

NOVA to host science seminar for professor’s published book

Northern Virginia Community College will host a special science seminar from noon to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 23 in the forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. The seminar will focus on the recent publication of Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective (The University of Chicago Press).

NOVA partners with Department of Labor and Industry for Apprenticeship Fair

In partnership with Virginia Department of Labor and Industry-Division of Registered Apprenticeship and SkillSource Group Inc., Northern Virginia Community College will host an Apprenticeship Fair for job seekers and industry employers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

NOVA Nighthawk needs a name

Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls has announced a survey to name NOVA’s new mascot, the NOVA Nighthawk. “We’re asking everyone in the community to help us select a name for our NOVA Nighthawk,” Ralls said. “Participants can vote for one of the proposed names or write in something different. In addition, people are encouraged to lobby for their favorite name through the hashtag #NameYourNighthawk.”

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NOVA Police partners with Virginia State Police for VIN etching

In an effort to help drivers prevent vehicle theft, Northern Virginia Community College Police and Virginia State Police will host a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 in the B-14 Parking Lot at the Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA, 22003.

Governor McAuliffe hosts education and workforce cyber roundtable at NOVA-Alexandria

Virginia Governor Terry R. McAuliffe hosted a cyber roundtable discussion on Aug. 31 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus. This roundtable was the second in a series of roundtables McAuliffe has organized to promote his Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge initiative as Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA).

 cyber roundtable

Cockburn to serve on Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tregel Cockburn, assistant dean and associate professor of the Veterinary Technology program at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus has been appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine, the board that regulates the licensure and practice of veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dr. Tregel Cockburn

Schlesinger Center to display paintings by artist John M. Adams

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will display the paintings of well-known regional artist John M. Adams in his show Current Interrupted. The show will be on display and available for public viewing in the Forum Gallery from Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 13 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Productive As He Should Be

Visual patterns on display at NOVA-Loudoun Waddell Art Gallery

“Viable Patterns” featuring paintings by Sondra N. Arkin will be on display from Sept. 26 to Oct. 28 in the Waddell Art Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling. The exhibit showcases visual patterns created by the Washington, D.C., based artist.

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NOVA to host NSF Grant Writing Workshop

In collaboration with the Office of Grants Development, the Mathematics, Science and Engineering (MSE) Division at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus will host a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Writing Workshop with speaker Dr. Thomas B. Higgins, program director for NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Research.

Fisher Gallery art exhibit explores 'space and materiality'

The Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will exhibit Casey Snyder’s mixed media artwork in the show Physical/Ephemeral, on display from Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 30 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Casey Snyder, Propped Up, 36” x 36”, oil and mixed media, 2015

Exhibit of regional sculptors on display at NOVA-Woodbridge

Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus will showcase its first art exhibit of the season, “Structure(d) Observations,” from Aug. 23 to Sept. 30, in The New Gallery for Contemporary Art, 2645 College Drive in Woodbridge.

Paintings by Greg Skrtic on display at NOVA-Manassas

Acrylic paintings by Greg Skrtic will be on exhibition in Colgan Gallery at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Aug. 23 to Sept. 24, with a reception to meet the artist scheduled for Aug. 23 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the gallery space.

Vibrant acrylic paintings by Greg Skrtic

Year Up graduates the first class of NOVA-Woodbridge students

Twenty-five students from Northern Virginia Community College graduated as the first cohort from the Year Up National Capital Region (NCR) – Woodbridge location, on July 29 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. NOVA-Woodbridge students Jasmine Baker, Michael Deberry Jr., Beemnet Dinare, Miguel Ephraim, Timothy Freeman, Christian Galvan, Lorena Garcia, Ajani Grant, Rania Jaffa, Reeyia Jaffa, RaVaughn Jones, Courtney Jones, Bushra Kabir, Bazal Kabir, Bishal Karki, Christopher Mallace, Delia Moran, Catherine Mosier, Rivan Rashik, Mariah Spencer, Ibrar Tariq, Kalik Ware, Jacob Weintraub, Robin Williams and Sara Withrow completed the one-year intensive training program toward a career in cybersecurity or information technology.

Year Up Grads

NOVA-Manassas offering business writing class in the fall

For the first time in many years, the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will offer “Writing for Business” (ENG 116). “Writing for Business” involves extensive practice in composing business correspondence and other documents. Students will learn about voice, tone, style and content appropriate to a specific audience and purpose.

Annandale to host novelist Susan Muaddi Darraj for “Fall for the Book”

Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus will participate in the 2016 Fall for the Book event – a week-long, multiple-venue, regional festival that brings people of all ages together in celebration of books and literature. NOVA-Annandale will welcome novelist Susan Muaddi Darraj from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the President’s Dining Room of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center.

NOVA to host fall 2016 orientation for adult learners

In an effort to support students’ successful transition and integration into college life, Northern Virginia Community College will host several Fall 2016 New Student Orientation events for adult learners.

Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine campaign at NOVA-Annandale

More than 1,800 people attended a campaign event for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Thursday, July 14 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Clinton visited NOVA along with Virginia’s junior U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a former mayor and governor who has been touted as a possible running mate for Clinton.

Clinton

NOVA-Woodbridge partners with GW to offer degree completion programs in IT and Cybersecurity, beginning Fall 2016

Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus has partnered with The George Washington University (GW) to offer two bachelor’s degree completion programs on NOVA’s Woodbridge campus. The two programs to be offered at the Woodbridge location will be: Cybersecurity and Integrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST); with an anticipated launch of the Cybersecurity program in Fall 2016 and the IIST program in Spring 2017. This collaborative effort will provide a direct pathway for NOVA transfer students with an associate degree into these bachelor’s degree programs at GW.

NOVA hosts successful summer STEM academy for high schoolers

eventy-five high school students from across Northern Virginia explored a forensics mystery during a week-long summer STEM academy at Northern Virginia Community College. The students learned cutting-edge laboratory techniques during the camps held at NOVA campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas and Woodbridge.

STEM academy

Fisher Gallery to display drawings, paintings in ‘Évoluer’ art show

The Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Center Concert Hall and Arts Center will exhibit unique drawings and painting by Tanya Ziniewicz in the show Évoluer. The show will be on display in the gallery from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, Sept. 11 with an artist’s reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Schlesinger Center to exhibit Raye Leith’s drawings in ‘Blueprints’

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is honored to exhibit the works of artist Raye Leith in her show, Blueprints, on display in the Forum and Passage galleries from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, Sept. 11. An artist’s reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

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NOVA Great Expectations, Fairfax CASA to host Fostering Futures Forum

In partnership with Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Northern Virginia Community College’s Great Expectations will host a Fostering Futures Forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

Fostering Futures Forum

Women artists to exhibit collaborative artwork at Schlesinger Center

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is pleased to showcase A Game of Consequences, a collection of acrylic paintings created by color8art – a group made up of six local women artists. Consequences will be on display in the Forum and Passageway galleries from June 10 to July 24 with a closing reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Kay Walsh

Music classes in new formats at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is offering music classes in new formats during the fall 2016 semester. “Music Appreciation” (MUS 121) covers Western music through the classical era, including the music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The course will also introduce students to music from India, Africa, the Middle East, Indonesia, China and Japan. “Music Appreciation” is a 16-week course scheduled for Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. starting Aug. 24.

NOVA-Medical Education Campus to offer ENG 111 beginning Fall 2016

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) of Northern Virginia Community College will offer ENG 111 (English Composition I) as a general education course in the fall semester for students who are pursuing a career in the medical profession. This is the first general education course offered at the MEC in its 13-year history.

Artist Mark Howe to exhibit ‘gold’ artwork at Schlesinger Center

The Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is pleased to showcase the work of Northern Virginia artist Mark Howe. The exhibit Precious Metals: Precious Visions will be on display from June 10 to July 24 with an artist’s reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday June 10.

Nautilus Moon

Summer STEM camps offered across Northern Virginia

From robotics to rocketry, summer STEM camps offered by Northern Virginia Community College’s SySTEMic Solutions will take place at multiple locations across the region. Summer STEM camps are integral to SySTEMic Solutions’ mission to spark an early interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), equipping youngsters with skills to pursue STEM education and ultimately strengthen the local workforce.

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Paintings by Samuel Musa on display at NOVA-Manassas

Landscape paintings by Samuel Musa of Haymarket will be on exhibition in Colgan Gallery at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from May 23 to July 22. Musa started painting in his 70s after retiring from various management and research positions in government, industry and academia. His only formal art training has been the studio art classes he started taking at NOVA-Manassas five years ago. He began painting with pastels, progressed to acrylics and is currently working in oils.

Sam Musa

Ernst Center to display ‘Color Chords’ art show

The Verizon Gallery at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus’ Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center is pleased to announce the exhibition Color Chords: Vibrations of the Washington Color School opening Tuesday, May 24. Exhibiting artists include Jeremy Flick, Matthew Grimes, Bill Hill, Andrew Hudson and Barbara Januszkiewicz.

Barbara Januszkiewicz

NOVA to host 2016 THATCamp for community colleges

In an effort to cultivate a conversation about implementing digital humanities in community colleges, Northern Virginia Community College will host the 2016 THATCamp June 3-4 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. This event is open to faculty, staff, grad students, scholars, librarians, archivists and other interested parties at all community colleges.

FOUR NOVA graduates named 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

Northern Virginia Community College is extremely pleased to announce that an unprecedented four of its 2016 graduates have been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 per year for tuition, books, living expenses and required fees for the final two to three years necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

Students react as they learn they have been given prestigious JKCF Scholarship.

NOVA celebrates fifty years of service, new start for 7,661 grads

Northern Virginia Community College, on Saturday, May 14, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and the achievement of 7,662 graduates and the family and friends who helped them get to the finish line. Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States, who has been a full-time professor of English at NOVA since 2009, addressed the eager grads in a packed house at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. in her last address to NOVA as second lady.

L to R: Dr. Scott Ralls, Dr. Jill Biden and NOVA Board Chair Michael Wooten prepare to celebrate NOVA graduates

Adult Career Pathways partners with Hopkins House for Open House

Northern Virginia Community College’s Adult Career Pathways (ACP) program will partner with Hopkins House’s Early Childhood Learning Institute for an open house event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at McNeil Preschool Academy, 8543 Forest Place, Alexandria, VA 22309.

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Paintings by Kyle Hackett at NOVA-Loudoun

“Forward Restraint” featuring paintings by Kyle Hackett will be on display from May 16 to June 17 in the Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The exhibition showcases oil paintings done by the Washington, D.C.-based artist.

Kyle Hackett

NOVA student wins Washington Business Journal’s 1st Annual Create-a-thon

NOVA student Katharine Fraser recently worked with nonprofit organization Youth Leadership Foundation and won Washington Business Journal’s 1st Annual Create-a-thon. Sponsored by Pepco Holdings, Inc., the Create-a-thon brought together local college students and nonprofit organizations for an advertising competition.

Create-a-thon

NOVA, Rotary Club of West Springfield to award student scholarships

In partnership with the Rotary Club of West Springfield, Northern Virginia Community College’s Office of Disability Services had a Service Animals Awareness Campaign Competition and will award the three NOVA winners at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA 22003.

NOVA-Alexandria to host 50th anniversary celebration concert

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will host a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert is free and open to the public.

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Students to screen films at 2016 NOVA Student Film Festival

Film students in the Communications and Theatre Department at Northern Virginia Community College will present selected films they’ve created during the 2016 NOVA Student Film Festival 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Bisdorf Building, Room 196 at the Alexandria Campus.

NOVA-Annandale offering Fiji study abroad opportunity

Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus is currently offering students the opportunity to study abroad in Fiji, June 1-10. Students interested in registering for Biology 299 are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to have a fun, hands-on learning experience. This class is a four-credit science course that also counts as a lab science course for almost all majors.

Fall registration starts May 2 at NOVA

Open registration for Northern Virginia Community College’s fall 2016 semester begins May 2. Students may secure classes early in the registration period while the most choices are available and not pay tuition until July 25. Starting July 25, tuition is due by 5 p.m. on the next business day after registering.

Dr. Annette Haggray appointed as NOVA’s Alexandria Campus Provost

Northern Virginia Community College’s President, Dr. Scott Ralls, is pleased to announce Dr. M. Annette Haggray as the next provost of the college’s Alexandria Campus. Currently, vice president for academic affairs at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md., Haggray starts at NOVA this summer.

Provost Haggray

NOVA appoints Dr. Pamela Hilbert as Annandale Campus Provost

Northern Virginia Community College’s President, Dr. Scott Ralls, is pleased to announce Dr. Pamela Tipton Hilbert as the next provost of Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. Hilbert, currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Robeson Community College in Lumberton, NC, starts at NOVA this summer.

Provost Hilbert

Job seekers invited to Career Fair at NOVA-Loudoun

Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus will host a free Career Fair on Tuesday, April 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Higher Education Center. Job seekers are welcome to meet with more than 70 local employers hiring for full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship positions.

NOVA renames Annandale Campus’ Student Services Building to honor work and advocacy of Virginia Sen. Mark Warner

NOVA held a ceremony renaming the Student Services Building on the Annandale Campus the Mark R. Warner Student Services Building in honor of the Virginia Senator who was instrumental in acquiring critical capital funding for Virginia’s community colleges during his time as Governor of Virginia (2002-2006). The ceremony was attended by an array of guests, including Hon. Belle Wheelan, president, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and former president of NOVA; Hon. Charles J. Colgan, former president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia and Sen. Mark Warner and his family.

President Scott Ralls and Senator Mark Warner

Community invited to free events at NOVA-Loudoun

The Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is hosting two free events to celebrate Multicultural Awareness Week. Both events are free and open to the public with free parking in the student parking lots. NOVA-Loudoun is at 21200 Campus Drive in Sterling. To learn more, contact Tatyana Schum at 703-450-2520 or tschum@nvcc.edu.

Adjuncts wanted at NOVA-Loudoun

Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus will hold a job fair for potential part-time instructors April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Higher Education Center, Room 203. The campus is at 2100 Campus Drive in Sterling.

NOVA Idol names 2016 high school, college winners

For the 13th year, Northern Virginia Community College brought together a community of talented students for NOVA Idol 2016 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus.

Carolina Fuenzalida

Rabies Clinic and Dog Wash at NOVA-Loudoun

The Veterinary Technology Club at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will hold a Rabies Clinic and Dog Wash on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer STEM academy at NOVA

High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a weeklong summer STEM academy at Northern Virginia Community College. Selected students will unravel a forensics mystery by conducting various STEM experiments in a college setting.

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Second annual writing conference at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host a free writing conference April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference is open to everyone but registration is required at www.novamawritingconference2016.eventbrite.com. Lunch will be provided.

Register for aviation camp at NOVA-Manassas

Students entering grades 8 to 12 are invited to apply for the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Summer Academy scheduled for July 11 to 22 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

NOVA-Loudoun offering new health courses this summer and fall

For the first time this summer, the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will offer two health courses for students who live or work near the campus. The courses fit into several Allied Health and Nursing programs.

Schlesinger Center to host ‘Artist Speaks’ with Jessica Kallista

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will host an Artist Speaks event from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 with artist Jessica Kallista whose current show, Dear Suburbia, is on display in the upstairs Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.

Jessica Kallista

National Geographic Society’s Pete McBride to speak at NOVA’s 2016 Green Festival

In celebration of Earth Day and 100 years of National Parks, Northern Virginia Community College will host the 2016 Green Festival with Keynote Speaker Pete McBride – National Geographic Society’s “freshwater hero” and award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker. Green Festival 2016 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016 in the forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA.

Pete McBride

Former American Idol contestants to help judge NOVA Idol 2016

NOVA Idol 2016 returns with strong vocalists from all six campuses of Northern Virginia Community College and local high schools. After several rounds of auditions and the semi-finals in December, judges chose 12 finalists to compete in the finals at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at NOVA-Alexandria.

Jasmine Bryant

Spring Open House at NOVA-Woodbridge, April 16

Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., 2645 College Drive in Woodbridge. Prospective students will have the opportunity to apply for the upcoming fall semester, receive early advising and onsite FAFSA assistance, tour the campus and learn about transferring and guaranteed admissions procedures. Participants will also meet NOVA students, staff and faculty and receive materials on academic programs and student organizations.

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NOVA-Annandale partners with NBC4, Allstate to host community shred

Northern Virginia Community College will partner with NBC4 (WRC-TV) again this year to host a community shred event from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Annandale Campus in the B-15 parking lot, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. The gate for entry will open at 7 a.m. Participants can enter the campus on Lake Drive from Little River Turnpike and follow posted directions.

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885 underserved locals receive $637,394 worth of free dental services through Mission of Mercy at NOVA’s Medical Campus

A total of 885 underserved members of the local community began arriving at Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus (MEC), to receive free dental care at Mission of Mercy (MOM). Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS), the widely anticipated two-day event was hosted by the MEC on March 11 and 12. In its 13th year, Mission of Mercy provided free dental care services valued at $637,394.

Mission of Mercy

NOVA faculty visits, lectures at colleges in Scotland

Northern Virginia Community College Dean of Liberal Arts Dr. Jimmie McClellan and Communications and Theatre Instructor Araceli “Shelly” Bachner recently traveled to Dundee, Scotland. During their week-long stay, McClellan signed a memorandum of understanding, solidifying an ongoing partnership between NOVA and Dundee and Angus College.

Dr. Jimmie McClellan

Register for summer session at Northern Virginia Community College

Registration begins March 29 for Northern Virginia Community College’s summer session. Students must register by 11:59 p.m. on the day before a session begins. Classes in the 12-week session begin May 16 and end Aug. 7. NOVA also offers two six-week sessions during the summer, starting May 16 and June 28.

NOVA-Manassas presents Meredith Atwood for Women’s History Month

Meredith Atwood, founder of Swim Bike Mom, will appear at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College on Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. in Colgan Theater. The presentation is free and open to the public. Attendees without NOVA parking stickers must park the parking meters ($2 per hour).

NOVA-Manassas presents Meredith Atwood for Women’s History Month

NOVA’s Schlesinger Center to display unique ‘Rhythm and Hues’ art show

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, and the Forum Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College features the exhibit, Rhythm and Hues by Greg Braun Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, April 24 with an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Attorney General Mark Herring visits NOVA during Veterans Legal Services Clinic

More than 30 veterans from the surrounding communities registered and attended the pro bono Veterans Legal Services Clinic Friday, March 4 at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus. NOVA was one of four locations throughout Virginia to host the clinics organized through a new partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), Virginia State Bar (VSB) and Virginia’s Attorney General Mark R. Herring.

Mark Herring

NOVA professor receives Fulbright grant to teach in Chile

Longtime Northern Virginia Community College professor William Woodard recently returned to the area after spending the fall 2015 semester teaching English in the applied linguistics master’s degree program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

William Woodard

NOVA-Annandale Ernst Center to exhibit ‘Red Thread’ art show

In honor and remembrance of local artist and professor Kurt Godwin, more than 20 artists will exhibit the Red Thread Show in the Verizon Gallery at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. The show will be on display from March 6 to April 24 with an artists’ reception scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday March 6.

Drop Sail

NOVA listed by U.S. State Dept. as top producing Community college for Fulbright Scholars

Northern Virginia Community College topped the 2015-2016 list of America’s Top Producing Institutions for Fulbright scholars and students in the Community College classification. The list was published by the Chronicle of Higher Education this week and includes the names of institutions in each classification (Research, Master’s Institutions, Bachelor’s Institutions, Community Colleges and Specialized Institutions) that had the highest number of students and scholars who received Fulbright grants that year.

The Schlesinger Center presents ‘Dear Suburbia,’ Mixed Media Works by Jessica Kallista

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College announces the exhibit Dear Suburbia Mixed Media Works by Jessica Kallista. Dear Suburbia opens Friday, March 18 and runs through Sunday, April 24. The artist’s reception is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Embodiment as Doris, the Octopus, and You

New session starts soon at Northern Virginia Community College

Registration is taking place now for an eight-week session that begins March 14 at Northern Virginia Community College. Courses in the eight-week session cover the same material and award the same credits as semester-long classes.

NOVA-Woodbridge to host Erin Devine “The Rest is for You” exhibit

Dr. Erin Devine, associate professor of art history and humanities at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus will be exhibiting her work, “The Rest is for You,” in The New Gallery for Contemporary Art at the Woodbridge Campus, 2645 College Drive (WAS). The exhibition is open Feb. 16 through March 24, with an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Rest is for You

NOVA-Loudoun exhibition features abstracts by Allison Long Hardy

“Daily Drawings” by Allison Long Hardy will be on display in Waddell Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Feb. 15 to March 18. Hardy is interested in how people communicate, both effectively and ineffectively. “Communication is the one thing that binds us all together, the one common thread that must continue,” she said. “Without communication what else do we have?

Pandora's Box

Mosaic Harmony offers Black History Month performance at NOVA-Annandale

The Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus Liberal Arts Division will present a Black History Month Celebration performance by Mosaic Harmony, a multicultural and interfaith choir. Led by Reverend David K. North of Holy Redeemer Metropolitan Church in College Park, Maryland, the choir will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center.

Mosaic Harmony

342 preschoolers receive $61,000 worth of free dental care through Give Kids A Smile at NOVA’s Medical Campus

The Medical Education Campus (MEC) of Northern Virginia Community College hosted the 2016 Give Kids A Smile event (GKAS) on Fri., Feb. 5. The event, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Dental Society, provided free dental services to 342 preschoolers from the Arlington County Head Start Program. The children were seen by 34 volunteer dentists, 6 volunteer hygienists, 43 dental assistants, 24 second-year dental hygiene students and 13 dental assisting students enrolled in the program at the MEC.

Give Kids A Smile at NOVA’s Medical Campus

SySTEMic Saturdays

Northern Virginia Community College will present a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning events with hands-on lessons at NOVA’s Global Learning Center in the Manassas Mall. All events run from noon to 5 p.m.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous to appear at NOVA-Manassas

In honor of Black History Month, the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (6901 Sudley Road) is hosting a discussion with former NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required because space is limited. Reserve free tickets at http://www.benjealouspresentation.eventbrite.com or call 703-530-3057 to learn more.

Ben Jealous

Your Queens set to perform at NOVA-Manassas

The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will present Your Queens on Feb. 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the campus cafeteria (Howsmon Hall, first floor).

Your Queens

Veteran goes from incarceration to classroom and inspires all who meet him

David Hudgens, dressed in his usual shirt and tie, could easily pass for a professor as he walks the halls of Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus. Hudgens’ past is one of military service; but also drug and alcohol use, depression, low self-esteem and incarceration. Hudgens draws his strength and determination from his family and friends, Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) – the rehabilitation program he’s involved in – and the NOVA professors and students who have since embraced and encouraged him. After serving 14 months in prison, Hudgens was released in 2013 and enrolled at NOVA in January 2014.

Hudgens and Burley

Free tax preparation help at NOVA-Loudoun

IRS-certified volunteers at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will prepare free tax returns for individuals and families with 2015 earnings less than $54,000.

Community invited to leadership seminar at NOVA-Loudoun

On Friday, Feb. 12, the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host a Marine Corps Leadership Seminar. The United States Marine Corps is known worldwide for developing leadership, courage, tenacity and teamwork – skills that can help you stand out from the competition anywhere you go.

MCLS

Epic paintings by Brian Burgess at NOVA-Manassas

Paintings by Brian Burgess will be on display in Colgan Gallery at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Feb. 2 to March 1. The show features paintings based on Greek mythology.

The Fall of Bellerophon

Schlesinger Center to participate in regional ‘Al-Mutanabbi’ cultural festival

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College begins the 2016 exhibition season with the group visual art exhibit, Global Narratives – Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, Friday, Jan. 29 to Sunday, March 13, with an artists’ reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

A Day at Sea

NOVA art faculty, emeriti celebrate NOVA’s 50 years with art show

In recognition of 50 years of education, student success and opportunities, Northern Virginia Community College has arranged a diverse art show at NOVA-Annandale’s Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center in the Verizon Gallery, featuring the work of art faculty and emeriti.

 Erinyes

Harlem Renaissance Fair at NOVA-AN Ernst Center

Join the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation of Falls Church as they celebrate Black History Month with the first annual Harlem Renaissance Fair from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. Musicians and actors will recreate the dynamic years and rich artistic achievements of the early 20th century in Harlem with an evening of jazz, dance, poetry and exhibits.

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